Story URL: http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=107795
Story Retrieval Date: 8/21/2014 3:00:13 PM CST
Courtesy of Voices of Youth in Education
The likelihood of a student graduating from one of the nation’s 50 largest cities amounts to a coin toss, says a new study released by America’s Promise Alliance.
The study, Cities in Crisis: A Special Analytic Report on High School Graduation, reported a 52 percent graduation rate for the 50 largest urban districts. This is far below the 70 percent nationwide average.
The City of Chicago School District ranked 31st out of 50, with a graduation rate of 51.5, according to the study.
Out of the 50 urban areas, cities ranking highest in graduation rates are Mesa, San Jose, Nashville, Colorado Springs, San Francisco, Tucson, Seattle, Virginia Beach, Sacramento and Honolulu. Cities with the lowest graduation rates include Detroit, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Baltimore, Columbus, Minneapolis, Dallas, New York, Los Angeles and Oakland.
Authors of the study found large disparities in graduation numbers between cities’ urban districts and suburban districts.
The graduation gap between Chicago urban and suburban districts ranks eighth at about a 28 percent difference. Cities with larger gaps include Baltimore, Columbus, Cleveland, New York, Denver, Philadelphia and Indianapolis.
America’s Promise Alliance, founded by former Secretary of State Colin Powell and largely funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was created to see that children receive the fundamental resources they need to succeed -- including education.